Swish, Swish Bish has turned into…
… My Bad, Taylor!
In a move that took many music and celebrity gossip fans by surprise, Katy Perry penned an open Instagram Stories letter to long-time rival Taylor Swift on Tuesday, just hours before the latter kicked off her “Reputation” stadium tour.
Perry and Swift, of course, have been engaged in a passive aggressive rivalry for years.
Neither has spoken much about it directly, but each has seemingly referenced the other in songs and in various interviews.
The beef goes back about half a decade and was allegedly ignited due to Perry’s stealing of a couple Swift backup dancers for one of her own international tours.
“She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy!” Swift told Rolling Stone of the subject of the track “Bad Blood” in 2014, never actually saying Perry’s name.
Added Taylor in this revealing exchange:
“It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under… So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
We’ve loved it, however.
The feud has been a blast to speculate over and cover.
But now it’s come to an end?
“Hey Old Friend – Iâ€™ve been doing some reflecting on past miscommunications and hurt feelings between us,â€ť Perry wrote in a letter we can see parts of via a Swift Instagram video.
The letter is partially obscured, but it also appears to say Katy is â€śdeeply sorryâ€ť and wants to â€śclear the air.â€ť
Included along with the letter, which was actually mailed to Swift, is a literal olive branch.
Panning over the gift in her dressing room in response, Swift says on social media:
â€śI just got to my dressing room and found this actual olive branch. This means so much to me.â€ť
This is quite the departure for Perry, who tried to use her negative back-and-forth with Swift to promote her last album.
About a year ago, Perry said Swift tried to “assassinate my character” and didn’t sound anywhere close to someone willing to issue a Mea Culpa.
But then Swift released ALL of her songs on streaming music the same day Perry’s album dropped and Katy perhaps realized she was in way over her head.
Her album sales tanked, Swift was viewed as the Queen of Passive Aggression and here we are now.
Granted, it’s also possible Perry just wants to make up with Swift for personal reasons, not because she feels she’s been bested by her foe in the music world.
â€śI am ready to let it go,â€ť Perry told Thrive CEO Arianna Huffington last summer, adding:
â€śI forgive her and Iâ€™m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her â€¦ I love her, and I want the best for her. And I think sheâ€™s a fantastic songwriter.â€ť
So we guess the action Perry took on Tuesday has sort of been a long time coming.
Perry added last year that she thinks she and Swift could put their differences aside and be â€śrepresentatives of strong women.â€ť
â€śMaybe I donâ€™t agree with everything she does and she doesnâ€™t agree with everything I do, but I just really, truly want to come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion,â€ť the singer said.
We’re willing to believe Perry is being sincere and we’re now hoping to see these two take the stage peacefully together at some point.
That would be fun to see, wouldn’t it?
Heck, perhaps an album of duets?!?
Okay, maybe now we’re aiming too high.
But in a polarizing country, where it seems like no one can get along, it’s nice to see Perry and Swift setting an example for the rest of us to follow.